the contemplation or consideration of some subject: to engage in speculation on humanity's ultimate destiny.
a single instance or process of consideration.
a conclusion or opinion reached by such contemplation: These speculations are impossible to verify.
conjectural consideration of a matter; conjecture or surmise: a report based on speculation rather than facts.
engagement in business transactions involving considerable risk but offering the chance of large gains, especially trading in commodities, stocks, etc., in the hope of profit from changes in the market price.
a speculative commercial venture or undertaking.
- an·ti·spec·u·la·tion, noun, adjective
- non·spec·u·la·tion, noun
- o·ver·spec·u·la·tion, noun
- pre·spec·u·la·tion, noun
- sem·i·spec·u·la·tion, noun
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How to use speculation in a sentence
The spirit of over-speculation among traders was something frightful to contemplate, and disastrous results were sure to follow.Grif | B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
In that year over-speculation produced a panic and agricultural distress was again evident.A Short History of English Agriculture | W. H. R. Curtler
But we deny that present prices have been the result of over-speculation.
At the worst he could only be charged with over-speculation.
It is common to hear the capitalists remark with a sneer, that such is the inevitable result of over-trade and over-speculation.
British Dictionary definitions for speculation
the act or an instance of speculating
a supposition, theory, or opinion arrived at through speculating
investment involving high risk but also the possibility of high profits
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